Camping Reservation System Reopens at 4 P.M.

Camping Reservation System Reopens at 4 P.M.

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After technical difficulties when Suffolk County tried to open up its camping reservation system, the county is starting the process again at 4 pm today.

Interested residents can make camping reservations for June 15 or later.

“We know that there will be many people trying to get online,” County Executive Steve Bellone (D) said on his daily COVID-19 conference call with reporters. “Hopefully, that’s going to work.”

As for the numbers related to the virus, an additional 86 people tested positive over the last day, bringing the total to 39,445. That doesn’t include the 13,406 people who tested positive for the antibody.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped 10, bringing the total to 291, which is a “milestone,” Bellone said. Suffolk County hasn’t had a number below 300 since the third week of March.

The number of people in the Intensive Care Unit also declined by seven to 85.

COVID-19 patients represented 68 percent of hospital capacity and 61 percent of ICU bed capacity, which are below the metrics the state had put out for a reopening that started on Wednesday.

The number of people who died from complications related to the virus increased by eight to 1,879.

After Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) indicated that frontline workers who died from the virus would received death benefits, Bellone said his office had indicated to the unions that anyone who died from COVID-19 would be considered a death in the line of duty.